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American home-brewers honour Obama

Added: Wednesday, December 17th 2014

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‘Tis the season of giving…and brewing! This holiday season, in recognition of their support and participation in the popular American hobby of home-brewing, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) has extended special lifetime gift memberships to President Obama—the first president to brew beer in the White House—and outgoing White House chef Sam Kass. 

Though beer has long been part of the country’s history and traditions, Obama made history when, as president, he purchased a home-brewing kit and then—alongside chef Kass—spearheaded the effort to brew White House Honey Ale, the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House. The brew’s recipe, written by Kass, can be viewed here.  

“Home-brewing is a model example of a bipartisan, pro-community and pro-business activity that all kinds of people can be passionate about and enjoy. President Obama and chef Kass are among the nation’s 1.2 million home-brewers, which include both Republicans and Democrats,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “What better way to honour their enthusiasm for the hobby than to give them a lifetime membership to our community, which consists of many leaders, patriots and successful craft beer entrepreneurs.” 

Kass—personal chef to the Obama family, as well as Executive Director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy—announced in December he will be stepping down at the end of the month. 
“As chef Kass finishes his tenure at the White House, we hope his AHA membership will allow him to stay engaged in the hobby. After Kass’ exit, we look forward to seeing President Obama continue to brew beer from the most famous and important home in the world,” added Glass. “We thank them for their willingness to experiment with and share their delicious brew recipes with the country.”

President Obama and chef Kass were mailed the letters below from Glass on behalf of the organisation.

To President Obama: 

Dear Mr. President:

As one of the nation’s 1.2 million home-brewers, we would be honoured to provide you a complimentary lifetime membership to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), an organisation dedicated to promoting the country’s ever-growing community of home-brewers. 

Since its founding in 1978, the AHA has worked to educate Americans about the country’s longstanding tradition of home-brewing. Your participation in home-brewing has elevated national awareness for the hobby and has inspired the country’s home-brewers, many of whom have become successful craft beer entrepreneurs. 

We thought this membership, which we have also given to chef Sam Kass as he completes his tenure at the White House, would be a fitting and timely holiday gift. Home-brewing is an activity that everybody—regardless of their background or politics—can bond over and enjoy. As part of your holiday celebrations this year, we hope you will brew a batch of the White House Honey Ale or Honey Porter, the brews that have drawn such great national attention to our favourite hobby. 

We look forward to you becoming a member of the American Homebrewers Association.

Happy holidays, and cheers to home-brewing.
 

Yours truly, 

Gary Glass

 

To Chef Kass:

Dear Chef Kass: 

As you complete your tenure at the White House, we wanted to send a thank-you gift for all the contributions you have made to the country, and, in particular, to the advancement of our favorite hobby: home-brewing.
 

We would be honoured to provide you a complimentary lifetime membership to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), an organisation dedicated to promoting the country’s ever-growing community of home-brewers. 

Since its founding in 1978, the AHA has worked to educate Americans about the country’s long-standing tradition of home-brewing. Your enthusiasm for the craft, and your initiative in experimenting with and sharing the White House’s delicious home-brew recipes have been wonderful—and we are deeply grateful.  

We thought this membership, which we have also given to President Obama, would be a fitting gift for the holidays. As part of your holiday celebrations this year, we hope you will brew a batch of the White House Honey Ale or Honey Porter, the brews that have drawn such great national attention to our favourite hobby. 

We look forward to you becoming a member of the American Homebrewers Association. We hope this membership will allow you to continue to engage in the hobby as you embark on your next endeavour. 

Cheers, and happy holidays.  

Gary Glass